Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem learn fates in European draws

Maccabi Tel Aviv should have little trouble cruising to the Euroleague Top 16 once more, while Hapoel Jerusalem faces a trickier prospect in the Eurocup regular season as it looks to make amends for last season’s humbling exit.

Maccabi’s roster is undergoing a complete overhaul after failing to reach the BSL final for the first time since 1993. However, even when taking into account the time its new players will take to gel, the yellowand- blue should not struggle to finish among the top four in Group D following Thursday’s draw.

CSKA Moscow, which thrashed Maccabi both home and away in the regular season last term, is the favorite to win the group, but Tel Aviv will be confident of finishing ahead of Unicaja Malaga of Spain, German champion Brose Baskets Bamberg, Darussafaka Istanbul of Turkey and Italian champion Dinamo Sassari.


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